All about me

Hi, I’m Lisa. Dairy farmer’s wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.

I grew up in a dairy farm family in Minnesota, and I suppose you could say I didn’t get very far from the farm. I met my husband in college where I was busy being in business school, but after getting married on a chilly February day I again embarked on the farming adventure.

JR and I work together on his family’s century dairy farm, and I try to share a little piece of that life here on my blog.

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Our dogs Calvin (in brown) and Boo (in white) are usually ready to lend a hand. Or paw.

I love Jesus, and I’m always up for a long run, a friendly chat, or a heaping plate of something delicious. Feel free to look around, make yourself comfortable, and leave me your comments. I’m glad you’re here!

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11 Responses to All about me

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  4. I grew up on a dairy farm as well, and I married a dairy farmer too! And like you I was raised in an all girl family, but there were four of us girls instead of five. I’m looking forward to following your blog!

  5. The Belmont Rooster says:

    Great! I feel likeI know you now! I spent a year in Minnesota with my brother (in St. Paul). I enjoyed my flower beds, going to the botanical garden, the farmer’s markets, camping at some state park, etc., etc. A beautiful state but the snow was awful. Minnesota is the hottest state in the continental U.S. in the summer and the coldest in the winter. I have friends that live up close to the Canadian Border and it was 120 in the summer and -40 the winter I was there. I shoveled snow almost every day in December!!! Then I moved to Mississippi and it was GREAT! Now I am back in Missouri… Where it snows!!!

    • Lisa says:

      Minnesota can have a pretty extreme climate; we’re hearty up here! At least this summer had been beautiful on the cool side. Good luck with your return to Missouri.

  6. RS says:

    Hey, I found your site looking for answers to a lot of questions I’ve been getting from some pretty aggressive vegans, and I just wanted to thank you for it. I’m from Isanti county myself and was in 4H, though my grandparents farmed I did not grow up on a farm. When I was at the U I came across a lot of vegans that were, well, basically bullies and very judgmental and dismissive of anyone involved in animal agriculture and refused to believe that most farmers are good people that care about both their animals and the environment. How do you deal with hecklers with little agricultural experience that think all farms are like the worst of factory farms they’ve seen on PETA videos, or is that not a problem you run into? Thanks!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi there; thanks for your questions. I’ll do my best to give you some answers.

      First, I think we all encounter people who assume the worst about modern farms or who simply have questions & concerns because of some of the worst case scenarios showcased by PETA that you mention.

      What’s been most helpful to me is to remember two things. 1) Take a deep breath & just listen to the other person’s concerns. 2) Don’t immediately get defensive.

      It can be hard to listen when you’ve got so much info to share, but it really helps to hear the other person out. You can usually find some common ground, such as you both really care about animals or you both want a safe & healthy food supply. Once you find a point of agreement it’s much easier to have a productive conversation. Some people are also pretty set in their beliefs and may never see the other side. Don’t let that discourage you; it’s still important to share your info.

      Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out some outside resources. http://Www.causematters.com is one I would recommend. She has some great ideas & even a book about sharing your food story.

      Hope this helps some. If you’ve got more questions feel free to email me — cowspotsandtales@gmail.com

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